Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The diplomatic cable was dispatched by the United States embassy in Kuala Lumpur two weeks after controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin pledged in a statutory declaration that Rosmah was at the scene of the October 2006 murder of the Mongolian woman.
However, while the allegations against Rosmah “seem implausible”, the cable said that it would “nevertheless will have resonance with a Malaysian public that does not have confidence in the integrity of the Altantuya murder investigation.”
It also said that the continued public attention to such allegations also could damage Najib's chances, who was then deputy prime minister, of replacing Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as the country's new leader.
On June 18, Raja Petra has sworn that he was "reliably informed" that Rosmah, together with her aide Norhayati Hassan and acting Colonel Aziz Buyong - who is Norhayati's husband - were present at the scene of the sensational murder.
The sworn statement came at a time of heightened political tensions in Malaysia where talk was rife over a possible change in government on Sept 16, 2008, through a mass defection of government MPs.
Two weeks after Raja Petra's revelations, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, an aide to Anwar Ibrahim, lodged a police report claiming that he had been sodomised by the opposition politician.
Soon after, on Aug 26, Anwar returned to active politics after winning a by-election in Permatang Puah, a parliamentary seat which was vacated by his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
However, Anwar's vow to take over Putrajaya fell flat when not a single BN parliamentarian changed sides.
RPK put himself at great risk
According to the leaked cable, political observers had remarked that Raja Petra had “put himself at great risk, and therefore they speculated that he must have some evidence in hand.”
“If this is a bluff, 'it will cost him and his family,' one MP remarked,” added the confidential cable.
Raja Petra was eventually charged with defaming Rosmah, Norhayati and Abdul Aziz on July 17, 2008.
The blogger subsequently fled the country along with his wife, Marina, and both are living in United Kingdom (left).
In 2009, the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court granted Raja Petra a discharge not amounting to an acquittal because the police could not trace him to serve the warrant of arrest.
Raja Petra has later distanced himself from the statutory declaration, saying that the accusations were based on information given by former deputy army special branch chief Kol Azmi Zainal Abidin.
The US cable said that most Malaysians would believe there was at least some truth in Raja Petra's allegations as they have no confidence in the integrity of the government's investigation into the Altantuya murder. - Malaysiakini
Never in recent decades had Merdeka Day on August 31 been marked with a greater sense of angst and disquiet by Malaysians than yesterday because of incessant disunifying developments not only over the past several months but also the past few days.
Malaysians flew the national flag yesterday but most of them have a common disquieting question – Quo Vadis Malaysia?
The third National Day of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak should have been celebrated as a high-water point of his administration, coinciding with Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities, but this was not the case.
In actual fact, many of National Day messages intended to inspire greater national unity and to exhort moderation and tolerance among Malaysians fell flat, failing not only to inspire the people but merely achieved the opposite of evoking alienation and disaffection because they were so empty and hollow, shouting out the loud contrast between word and deed of those in power.
Calls for greater national unity only served to remind Malaysians as to how divisive and discordant the Malaysian landscape had become of late, while exhortations of moderation and tolerance served to highlight the great contradiction of the Prime Minister’s call for a global movement for moderates on the world stage with his dismal lack of political will to provide “moderate” leadership inside the country.
In the run-up to the 54th National Day, irresponsible and reckless attempts to polarize the country along race and religious lines continued unabated as when a government television station, TV1, made the false, sick and diabolical insinuation that a few DAP leaders and the Chairman of Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) were associated with a “Murtads in Malaysia & Singapore” facebook group.
Coming in the wake of an orchestrated mainstream media frenzy of Christian proselytization, including the fake news by TV3 of proselytization by a tuition centre in Kuala Lumpur based on complaints by a non-existent “Surau Al-Musyrikin”, the impunity and immunity with which such incitement and sedition could be hurled freely, irresponsibly and recklessly raises the fundamental question whether the Prime Minister and his administration really stand for the rule of law, moderation, an united and harmonious plural Malaysia.
How can the Prime Minister make his signature 1Malaysia slogan as a nationally unifying and inspiring theme when he dare not openly and courageously defend it in the face of dissent by his Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin with his infamous declaration of being Malay first and Malaysian second?
The MCA President, Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek made the call to all Malaysians to come together to celebrate in the 1Malaysia spirit and strive for peace and harmony, but he chose to close his eyes to the fact that the very elements who had been systematically undermining the 1Malaysia spirit, inter-racial and inter-religious peace and harmony had come from within Barisan Nasional – Umno – for months and years.
Lies have become the staple diet served by the mainstream media, whether the canard that DAP wants to create a Christian Malaysia and have a Christian Prime Minister or the falsehood that the PAS Deputy President Mat Sabu glorified the communists and regarded Datuk Onn Jaafar and Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman as traitors.
This is not building a 1Malaysia but disunifying our beloved multiracial and multireligious Malaysia nation.
If Najib sincerely and seriously believes in 1Malaysia and holds himself as the Prime Minister for all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or political affiliation, the time is almost up for him to walk the talk to provide leadership or be exposed as an purveyor of empty slogans whether 1Malaysia, NEM, GTP, ETP, PTP, etc.
But all is not bleak and dark. The successful Bersih rally of July 9 is proof that if Najib and those in power refuse to act, then ordinary Malaysians whether Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans or Orang Asli, whether Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Toaists, Confucianists or Sikhs are prepared to act in unison to save Malaysia.
Let the overwhelming majority of Malaysians demonstrate that they are the true patriots and nationalists who will not succumb to the irresponsible and reckless politics of race and religion but are united by a common nationalism to work together as Malaysians to build an united, harmonious, just, progressive and competitive Malaysia.
The speech by Mat Sabu to claim Communist as independent fighter and accusing UMNO as British shows his ignorance of history.
It could be Mat Sabu's attempt to divert attention to stem the political and public pressure from the Muslim population on the Pakatan Rakyat government of Selangor on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church caught in the act of proselytising Muslims to Christianity.
However, his political rally at Padang Menora, Tasek Glugor, Seberang Prai on August 21st, 2011 will not go down well with the people of my hometown of Baru Pahat, Johor.
No effort by the former 10th Regiment of the Communist party of Malaya, still living in exile at border of Thai-Malaya border, attempt to spin history of Kiyai Salleh and Dato Onn Jaafar will convince the people of Batu Pahat that the Communist Party of Malaya masquerding as Malayan Party Anti Japanese Army (MPAJA) or notoriously known as Bintang Tiga were independent fighters.
The Bintang Tiga were dominated by Chinese who were not citizens of Malaya until the agreement to jus soli arrangement of citizenship pror to independence on August 31st 1957 but were population of Malaya as British subject. Thus, how could they be described as independent fighters?
The atrocities they committed during their "14 day rule" in the interim period between the surrender of the Japanese army on August 16th 194 and the return of the British colonial administration, particularly to the folks of Batu Pahat and Muar proves that they were no independent fighter but another cruel foreign invader.
Mat Sabu delivered his political rally together with Batu Pahat born Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng. His father, Lim Kit Siang hailed from the area of Lim Poon, Batu Pahat where many of his family members still reside and are former members of Bintang Tiga.
So, when DAP is called communist by certain segments of the Malays, it is not without it's reasons. Furthermore, DAP pursues a socialist ideology, just like PAP of old. However, former Communist activist not only infitrate DAP, but also other Chinese based party like SUPP, MCA, SAPP, and others.
Despite being dominated Chinese, there are Malay members in the communist Bintang Tiga. They were Malay ultra nationalist who were more driven by their anti-British stance than being attracted by communist ideology at the initial stage. Malays, like Kiyai Salleh who later lead the Malays against Bintang Tiga colonials in Batu Pahat and Muar, were forced to join the Bintang Tiga.
The Bintang Tiga atrocities were driven by their hatred for the Japanese as they took revenge on former Jookidam, or Malays who were members of Japanese Police. Former Jokidam were taken to the edge of jungle and forced to dig holes and were buried alive in these holes.
During the Bintang Tiga "14-day rule" rule, they instituted exorbitant tax, and rob their harvest. There were widespread indiscriminate killing, rape and violence on the women and men. People's Court established were dispensing unjust sentences.
Muslims were forbidden from group prayers and Islamic practices and rituals were ridiculed by the Godless communist.
In Zaharah Nawawi's account of the period in her book on the brave exploits of Kiyai Salleh, entitled Panglima Salleh Selempang Merah, she described an eerie feeling of kampung folks entering the Bandar Penggaram.
There were description of Malay kampung folks being captured and boiled alive in the premise current Chinese Chamber of Commerce building of Batu Pahat to scare off Malays from coming to the Bintang Tiga-infested town.
With knowledge of the personality and operation of Bintang Tiga, Kiyai Salleh lead the unarmed Malays against the wellhttp://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=19741162 equipped Bintang Tiga. Armed with only parang panjang and ayat empat (read also here), the tentera parang panjang grew in numbers as Kiyai Salleh set out to free Parit Sulong, Semerah, Kangkar Senanga, and as far as Bakri, Muar.
If not held back by Dato Onn Jaafar, who was the then District Officer of Batu Pahat, at the Penambang, Kiyai Salleh and kampung folks of Bagan, he would have massacred the remain of Bintang Tiga hiding in Bandar Penggaram. This event was written by Zaharah Jawawi and told to this blogger by General (Retired) Jaafar Onn who was there to witness the event.
On that day, May 10, 1946, Dato Onn promised Kiyai Salleh that he would rerturn power back to the Malay. That could be the event that sparked the desire to struggle for Independence by Dato Onn by initially launching UMNO. UMNO started in Batu Pahat as UMO at the padang Batu Pahat. (Read about the event on blog Kuda Kepang)
The hidden strength of Kiyai Salleh lies in his late wife, Makcik Esah (who is a member of this blogger's mother's Yaasin readng group) who has the uncanny ability to determine the place and time to launch attacks.
Kiyai Salleh, Makcik Esah and others together with them has died but Alhamdulillah, their spirit of Selempang Merah seems to be very much alive.
For Mat Sabu to claim CPM as freedom fighter and accuse of the UMNO of being pro-British to side against the Communist, it is not only incorrect but shows he and PAS's pursuit for power has no limit and destructive.
To correct his deteriorating memory, UMNO was not yet formed during the Bintang Tiga's reign of terror. It was the majority Malay's decision to side with the "lesser of the two evils" between the two colonial powers.
In case he forget and it seemed regularly forget details of events he is present - he words at ceramah and the event of his accident at Bersih 2.0 - , the Bintang Tiga was formed with help from the British to train them at a Special Training School 101 in Singapore.
Even the Communist Party of Malaya was formed with the help of a Vietnamese who is a double agent for the British, Lai Tek.
Another important historical point for Mat Sabu to recall is that PAS was also formed with help of the British to be a permanent divisive element against Malay Unity and be constantly at odd with UMNO, as the conglomeration of Malay associations and political party including the Parti Kebangsaan Melayu (MNP).